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News and Highlights From the Department of Psychology

April 17, 2018

Loyola Clinical Centers to offer ACT Raising Safe Kids Program

by Stephanie Weaver

The Psychology division of the Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC) will be offering the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program, an international parent training program developed by the Violence and Prevention Program of the American Psychological Association that teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8.

April 5, 2018

It Is What You Make It

Loyola PsyD graduate Rachel Orr standing in front of greenery smiling.

by Rachel Orr, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, '15

In each and every interview that I’ve completed for various professional positions—internships, post-doc fellowships, job opportunities—the one comment I consistently made about Loyola’s Psy.D. program is that it allowed me to shape and individualize my experience. I was able to develop a specialty from a solid generalist foundation. Our program itself was a general program in clinical psychology, but each and every classmate in my cohort had a different focus, a different passion, a different goal. Some of my classmates focused their efforts in college counseling centers, while others served in prisons or psychiatric hospitals. As for me, I was able to interview for and acquire positions in the specialty of neuropsychology, and these positions were often occupied by individuals from neuropsychology-specific or tracked programs. Thus, I cannot emphasize enough—Loyola’s PsyD program is what you make it to be for you and your interests.

March 27, 2018

You Extern and Learn

by Nicole Sellino, ’17, M.S. clinical psychology student

I’m not exactly sure that I know the difference between an externship and an internship. One difference is that “externship” gets a small red line under it when I type it into emails or Word documents on the computer, while “internship” does not. I’ve googled it a few times, and never quite found a sufficiently satisfying answer. Most of my friends who majored in business classes talk about their “internship,” whereas my psychology friends talk about their “externships.” Regardless, I do not think that it is a coincidence that “externship” begins with the same two letters as “experience.” For the purpose of this post, I will maintain the privacy of my externship site out of respect and confidentiality, although it pains me to do so. I’d like to give it the credit it deserves for being an enriching, constantly growing and beautiful place – both inside and out, just like the people I have encountered there. For the sake of this essay, the most you have to know is that I extern at a school, and work with students from the ages of 7 to 18 years old.

March 7, 2018

Managing the Stress of College: How Can Psychologists Help?

by Dr. Mary Jo Coiro, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Maryland

College students face lots of stress, including forming new relationships, choosing a major, finding a job, and struggling with finances.​As a result, some students develop mental health problems – such as depression, anxiety, or just feeling overwhelmed - that interfere with their social or academic life. The good news is, help is available.

February 26, 2018

How My Master's in Psychology Helped Me Start My Dream Career

by Jordan Goodman, LCPC

I’m not your typical student. I never have been, and I never will be, either. And every day, I thank my professors and mentors at Loyola for giving me the tools and support to launch my dream career(s).

I identify primarily as a musician—a drummer specifically. During my college years, I was realizing my dreams as a performer and manager of a touring rock band. But as much as I loved it, I felt I needed to pursue a career that offered more security for the future. So as an undergrad, I learned business in the band and psychology in class, and then came to Loyola for my M.S. in Clinical Psychology.

February 6, 2018

Loyola has Prepared Me for a Future Career in Psychology

by Faith Shank, Anticipated B.A. in Psychology, with Departmental Honors in Psychology, Class of 2018

Being a quiet and reserved person throughout high school, I thought the same would happen during college. However, attending Loyola has helped me break out of my shell, and helped me to find my passion for psychology. When I was a first year I knew I wanted to be a psychology major, but was not sure what I wanted my future to look like yet.

January 26, 2018

Career Decisions: Choosing a Program

by Anthony Parente, M.A., L.C.P.C., N.C.C., M.A.C., I.C.G.C. II

Do you have important decisions to make about a career path? There’s so much information to sort through. There are a lot of rumors, misconceptions and misleading information. You need to do this…You better make sure that…You won’t find a job if…It can be confusing. With some much information out there, how do you decide what’s best for you?

There are people in the field of mental health and addictions counseling that lead people to believe that you have to come from a specific type of program to have a chance to succeed. Some folks profess that there is a particular exclusivity in counseling training that makes it absolutely essential that you attend such a program. This part of the rumor mill that adds to the confusion of those who are interested in a career identity as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

January 10, 2018

Education Beyond the Classroom

Giuliana Stillo, B.A. in Psychology with Psychology Departmental Honors in January 2018

Deciding to attend Loyola was originally a choice I made due to a desire for comfort and familiarity. I found the small class sizes appealing, the liberal arts approach beneficial (as I was undecided about my interests), and the students seemed approachable just like the ones I left behind at home. While a number of these facets did in fact provide comfort, Loyola, particularly the psychology department, prepared me for and pushed me to grow in ways that I never could have imagined. As an undergraduate student, I assumed that I would maintain a similarly involved schedule as I did in high school. In retrospect, I was just as busy, but the activities I was involved in were fundamentally different.

December 21, 2017

Helping Children Walk Through Worry With a Story

by Shreya Hessler, Psy.D.

When I decided to pursue psychology, I always knew I wanted to work with children. They provide a unique sense of natural resilience, curiosity, and open mindedness that often disappears at the dawn of adulthood. I can remember even in the earliest days of my practicum placements, trying to think outside the box in an effort to reach children and provide tools for coping, adjustment, and behavioral change. My goal had always been simple- provide empirically validated skills, but deliver it in a language that speaks to a child.

December 1, 2017

Which is Right for You? M.S. vs Psy.D. vs Ph.D.

If you’d like to dive deeper into the discipline of psychology, you can choose several different ways to take your education and career prospects to the next level. Choosing the right graduate school—and the right type of program—is essential for setting you on the path toward your career goals. Here’s a rundown of three different types of grad programs, what the differences are, what types of careers you can expect with each, and programs offered at Loyola University Maryland. If you have questions like “What is a Psy.D. degree, anyways?” then keep on reading!